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Browse 3rd Annual World Arts Film Festival

Program Schedule with the film screening times.

Festival Films:  (Alphabetical List)



118   (12 mins. U S A)

Directors: Tre Daniels & Aldo Vassallo

This is our statement, for all to witness.

Jacksonville natives with plans to change the industry through innovative film-making bring the story of Dane, a broke hotel employee, gets more than he bargained for when a local comes looking for something he’s lost.

Screens Friday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block 4-6pm 



Ability: A Journey with Rachel

(20 mins U S A)

Director: Adam Ricketts

Follow the journey of current Miss Florida Collegiate Rachel Barcellona.  Director and Ms. Barcellona will attend festival.

Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block 10a-12pm.Panel to follow screening.



Adrian Younge   (18 mins. USA)

Directors:  Malik Hassan Sayeed and Arthur Jafa

The multi-talented producer on looking back to go forward.

The distinctive clattering drums and twisted psychedelics underpinning Jay Z’s ode to stacking art dollars, “Picasso Baby,” sounds like a dusty sample rattled out of a 70s funk studio in Memphis, Tennessee. It is in fact a loop from “Sirens,” a track written in 2011 by Adrian Younge, a gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. “Younge’s obsession with analogue production has made him the go-to name for hip-hop, R&B and soul stars” The Los Angeles native’s singular obsession with the seemingly lost craft of analogue production has made him the go-to name for hip-hop, R&B and soul stars in search of an old-school studio magic. From Hova, Snoop, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Ghostface Killah to Common, Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, and Ali Shaheed of A Tribe Called Quest, Younge’s multiple collaborators cite his passion for vinyl culture and nuanced approach in successfully creating music deeply inspired by the past, yet progressive in execution. The collective-focussed mindset is showcased in the film by cinematographers and directors Malik Hassan Sayeed and Arthur Jafa, produced by Little Minx. Fittingly, it was Sayeed’s agenda-setting work with Spike Lee and Hype Williams that cemented an infinite list of visual cultural milestones; from music videos for Tupac and Biggie to classic 90s movies Clockers and Belly, through to recent pop sirens Rihanna and Lana Del Rey. 

Special Screening on Thursday at Unity Plaza, Film Block 7:30-8:00

Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-A, 10-12 pm

Airburst: Soda of Doom (8 mins. U S A)

Director: Dani Bowman

One of Froda’s henchmen, MMCi has invented a secret weapon to prevent AirBurst players from an upcoming league tourney, The Soda of Doom, which causes rapid extreme weight gain. Will the AirBurst players make it to the tourney before it’s too late? 

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Dani Bowman will attend the screenings and is a Guest of the Festival. She is also the animator of another film screening this year, The Adventures of Pelican Pete: A Star is Born. Welcome Dani!

Screens Friday and Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block A and B



Trailer with Joe and Mia Mantegna


Bastion (10 mins. UK)

Director:  Ray Jacobs

Bastion was having an ordinary day, a few of the regulars, old gents with less and less hair to cut each time, he was ready to head home, and then he entered, that harmless fool.

Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Block FF-D, 4-6pm


Buzkashi Boys

(30 mins. Canada/Afghanistan)

Director: Sam French

Producer: Ariel Nasr

Academy award winning film is set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi – a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat – “Buzkashi Boys” is a ground-breaking narrative film about two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, who strive to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth. Shot entirely on location in Kabul by an alliance of Afghan and international filmmakers, “Buzkashi Boys” is a heart-rending look at the life that continues beyond the headlines of war in Afghanistan. 

“French shows exceptional intelligence and sensitivity in capturing the spirit of youth and the weight of duty that test the boys. Their intensity and confusion is matched by Kabul’s, a dusty, dramatic backdrop for this tale. The young stars, Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz, are exceptional. Together they create a different truth of Afghanistan — impoverished boys with rich imaginations, who dream of horses and heroes not shaped by war. It gets my vote; it won my heart.”

-Betsy Sharky, LA Times

Screens at Main Theater on Friday at 4:30 pm


Cereal Killer  (3 mins. USA)

Director: Theo Taplitz

My name is Theo Taplitz and I am a 6th grade filmmaker who lives in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles.

Director’s Statement

My inspirations for this film are Robert Rodriguez, Mel Brooks and the gross things that turn up in my food sometimes. It’s a monster movie and a comedy and I hope you enjoy it.

Screens on Friday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block A, 10-11:15am.

Charisma (15 mins. Russia)

with English subtitles

Director: Tatiana Fedorovskaya

A 50-year man without charisma or ambitions, lives a simple, uninvolved life. He is happy with his solitude and afraid of any changes. The only thing he allows himself is a little vodka at the bar counter on Friday evenings, after his loathed work. But one Friday night he meets a Squirrel…

Russian director, scriptwriter and actress, born on 1979-09-23 in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Graduated from Magnitogorsk State University in 2002. Currently is attending Higher School of Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow (tutor Vladimir Menshov, Oscar-winner in 1981). “Charisma” is her first experience as a director and scriptwriter.

Screening on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-D, 4-6pm

*Adult themes

Ciel  (4 mins. France) in French with English subtitles

Director: Sophie Chamoux

As a child, Sophie Chamoux plunged into the theater.  First actress, she rings and foam boards improvisation while forming the performing arts and classical theater conservatory before stopping. In 2004 she anchored and founded “The Society of the Absurd”, visiting including Ionesco’s work. But irresistibly, she feels pushed to the shores of cinema. It lays the moorings and devote herself. Comedy, tragedy, absurd farce, curious about everything, Sophie vogues happily from one genre to another. 
As an actress (with masters such as Alexander Villeret, Olivier Marchal, Jean- Marc Brondolo Kim Chapiron …), as a director, but also as a writer. Detail that has no shortage of salt, Sophie Chamoux is also a Lifeguard Rescue.

Screens on Friday at Main Library, Film Block C, 12:30-1:45pm



Corra At Home  (20 mins. U S A)

Director: Bryan Scott Cooper

Corra at Home is a poignant short film about Corra, a young girl in her twenties stuck jobless in her home town after college, with little motivation to move forward. She has developed an unhealthy attachment to her best friend Ethan, with whose family she has come to stay with. Corra soon finds out that Ethan has met someone. Upon this discovery, Corra delves into a further apathetic state, building to an explosive moment of honesty.

Director Jesse James Rice grew up in the small town of Port Townsend, Washington. He began acting in his high school theater, including playing Hamlet and Romeo in the Olympic Shakespeare Festival.

After high school, Jesse moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in film. He soon landed multiple acting roles and production goals which led to his current passions; writing and directing.

Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-D, 4-6pm.

No Trailer



Epouvantail – Scarecrow  ( 15 mins. Saudi Arabia)

The Scarecrow Movie

Directed by Mohammed Salman

The Abu Salman family was waiting for the angels to come to bless their farm, so the farm would appear as it looked like before. Thus, in order for the angels to come, they put up good men dressings on the scarecrows of the farm as they believed that their spirits would encourage the angels to come down from the sky. Therefore, as a result, the farm could get blessed.


Screens on Friday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-F, 4-5pm

Francesca  (4 mins. USA)

Director: Gaëna da Sylva

‘Francesca’ was inspired by the art and life of American photographer Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide by jumping out of an East Village apartment window on January 19, 1981, at the age of 22. Madden who lives in the Lower East Side / Chinatown neighborhood of New York City tell us, ‘Almost thirty years and now I’m looking down from a similar window’.

Captivated by the mysterious black and white photography of Woodman (which features herself), Madden echoes, ‘Ghostly images appear like gossamer blurred apparitions’.

Gaëna da Sylva’s abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach.

Based in Quebec, art photographer and film maker, Gaëna da Sylva discovered photography as a teenager. From the first time that she saw oil catch the light in a puddle of water, light and its interaction with form have continued to fascinate her. She has published three collections of photographs and a collection of poetry. Gaena’s abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach.

More about Gaëna da Sylva:

Making Francesca was a delight, a beautiful adventure in discovering the person behind the photographies. I travelled through her images, filling my imagination with her state of mind as she was creating that so personal universe within her self portraits.

Screening on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-B, 12-2pm.


Funny Love   (13 mins. USA)

True love needs no words.

Director: Stuart MacLeod

Writers: Jenni Melear, Adrian Elizondo, Stuart MacLeod

In a modern day silent film, this delightfully dark tale tells the love story of two social misfits, Clown and Faerie. Their romance is sweet, but things take a twisted turn…


Screens at Main Library Conference Center on Saturday, 4:30-6:00 pm block.

I’m Just a Super Mano  (18mins. USA)

Director: Dariun Robinson

Dariun Robinson is a director/producer based in Harlem, NYC. His work can be seen across multiple media outlets in the genres of Music Video, Commercial, Corporate, Documentary, and Narrative.

Dariun recently finished production on his new narrative short film, Soy Solo un Super, Mano (I’m Just a Super, Man), about a young Puerto Rican boxer haunted by the mistakes of her past.

As a video editor/producer, he has contributed to Television and Web content for a list of clients including Denny’s Diner, truTV, Car & Driver Magazine, Seventeen, Elle, and Cosmopolitan and City University of New York. He has also worked with a number of non-profit organizations including Global Health Equity Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, Points of Light (J.P Morgan Chase Bank) and the Alain L Locke Elementary School of Harlem.

Screens on Saturday at the Main Library Conferene, Film Block, FF-C 2-4pm.


inSight (6 mins. USA)

Presented by World Arts Film Festival

Filmed by Students of Cinematic Arts Department at Douglas Anderson High School at The Florida School for the Deaf and The Blind on the day students in Ms. Prater’s class were learning how to take photographs. Footage from a WJCT interview of the DACA students after the shoot will be featured during the premiere screening and an exhibit of the photos will be showcased at the Unity Plaza Festival Opening Night Celebration.

InSight screens Thursday at Unity Plaza, 6:00 pm.



iNTERFACE  (2 mins UK)

Director: Mel Hsieh

This animated film rests on the idea that digital media is like a transparent, thin layer of skin that shields our notion of self, and also the ability to transform and change. Like a self-portrait made of assemblages, the film investigates coexisting multiple digital identities to convey the message that “the best interface is no interface”. Assuming that the digital phenomenon is reshaping our culture, the film aims to synthesize and decode the compression of an over-connected modern society by visualizing that which is lost in translation and the art of error.

Mel is a creative director and an Independent Animation Artist. He also corporates in the music and fashion industry as an Art Director. At age 17 he was nominated for The British Young Designer of the year (2005). He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London (2009) and won 1st prize in D&AD student Awards. He continues to build on his animation vocabulary at School of Visual Art in MFA Computer Art (2015) to expand his visual communication identity. His works related to subjects of surrealism, phenomenology and lucid dream as representation of reality that animation could facilitate a film-taking place within the mind.
His website is

Director’s Statement

I am a digital artist who is constantly exploring avenues of expression that combine phenomenology, psychology and philosophy to translate the art of error. As a child of the 80’s, I was born into color. Since then, the world has been digitized and the speed of information is overloading our minds. This digitizing phenomenon is like a transparent thin layer of skin; it shields our notion of self, and also the ability to transform and reshape our identity and body. We are at a “mirror phrase” stage of virtual reality and I wonder how many mega-pixels can define our existence. As part of that movement, my art synthesizes and decodes the compression of our over-connected modern society and self awareness.

Screens on  Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-A, 10-12pm

Jaya   (18 mins. Hindi with English Subtitles, India/USA)

Director: Puja Maewal

Young Jaya survives gruesome gang life on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai by posing as a boy. When she meets a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her identity.

Puja Maewal is an Indian American writer/director. She has a B.A. in English from Yale University and an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA. She has been a Jury Award Winner at the Directors Guild of America Student Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle Winner, and a two-time Student BAFTA/LA Finalist. In addition, her work has been recognized by the Motion Picture Association of America and the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals, including Comic-Con, Kolkata International Film Festival, and LA Shorts Fest. Puja has also developed content for several production companies, including BBC Worldwide. While at UCLA, she received a Fulbright Grant to study filmmaking in India, where she shot her MFA thesis film, JAYA, a Semi-finalist in the Student Academy Awards and the “Best Film” Winner at UCLA Directors Spotlight, the film school’s highest honor. Most recently, she was selected to take part in the Directors Guild of America’s Asian American Directing Mentorship Program. She is currently writing the feature-length version of JAYA, and her script was a Semi-finalist in the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony and Quarter-finalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition; Puja hopes to return to Mumbai to shoot it.

Director’s Statement

Young Jaya survives brutal gang life on Mumbai’s unforgiving streets by posing as a boy. When she encounters a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her identity.

I was inspired to tell this story when I came across a compelling newspaper article while on a Fulbright grant in India. The article detailed the arrest of a notorious member of an Indian street gang, who was wanted in over a hundred cases of purse and jewelry snatchings. The police assumed they had caught a boy, because the teenage suspect dressed and acted like a typical Indian boy. But it was only after several hours of intense interrogation that they realized they had actually captured a girl. She had been forced to masquerade as a boy for safety reasons, yet still she could not avoid horrific acts of sexual assault.

Though movies about street children have been done before, we have never seen a film from the perspective of a Mumbai street girl, which is why I wrote JAYA. I was drawn to this story because I wanted to feature a female protagonist who is both aggressive and vulnerable, a combination that I don’t often see in female characters onscreen. I also wanted to explore the relationship between a teenage girl and the father who abandoned her; I was particularly interested in how someone comes to terms with those feelings of abandonment.

Finding the lead actress was probably one of the most difficult obstacles we faced, as we auditioned hundreds of girls for the role, but almost all of them refused to cut their hair in the boy cut that the role requires. Luckily, Faimida Shaikh, the girl we finally chose, wore a hijab on a daily basis, and so she was fine with cutting off her hair–since no one would be able to tell the difference. In order to learn to pass as a boy, she studied and mimicked her elder brother’s behavior, an exciting task, since her mother had stressed the importance of domestic duties only, to prepare Faimida for an arranged marriage at age eighteen.

I hope you enjoy the film. I fell in love with Mumbai while making it, and I want to show others why the city’s energy, diversity, and spirit captivate me. I also want to present to the world the tireless efforts of my cast and crew, who put their hearts and souls into this movie. JAYA is my UCLA Thesis Film, and so far, it has been a Semifinalist in the Student Academy Awards, a Jury Award Winner at the Directors Guild of America Student Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle Winner, and a BAFTA/LA Finalist. We would love to screen the film in

Screens  on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block C, 1:00-2:30pm


Just A Perfect Morning (9 mins. U S A)

Director/Writer: Richard Kodai


Jacksonville based director and writer, Kodai has created a unique inner dialogue and characterization for his principal character as he reviews the world he lives in one morning.

Screens Friday at Main Library Conference Center, 4 pm.

Just Autism…No Panic Right!  (7 mins. USA)

Director: Yadira Calderon

The short film centers on themes of living life to the fullest and diversity. Yadira’s fight, and the movie, was triggered by her experiences with her seven year old daughter, Thomais, who has autism. 

“One of the greatest things Autism has taught us is that we can all get together and learn from each other based on our differing strengths,” Calderon added. “Children with autism are some of the most resilient, awe-inspiring people I’ve ever come across. It is time society recognizes it, too.”

Screens Saturday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block 10-12:00pm.


Light of the Genji  (10 mins. Japan/USA)

Director: Emily Driscoll

The film showcases the Genji hotaru (fireflies) of Japan and efforts to protect fireflies and their ‘languages of light’ from artificial night lighting. The film features scientists and educators in Yokosuka City, Japan; Gainesville, Florida; and New Orleans, LA.

Emily Driscoll  is a science video director/producer and the founder of BonSci Films, a production company specializing in science and art documentaries. Her films have appeared on PBS stations and screened internationally at museums, universities and film festivals. She produces short videos for NPR’s Science Friday and teaches science video production at New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.

Screens Friday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block B, 11:15-12:30pm.

Arian (8) & Fragrance (12) are in love. When Fragrance’s family leaves town Arian is heartbroken. Twenty years later Arian journeys to find Fragrance.

How To Sleep on a Ledge  (10 mins, U S A)

Director: Bekkah Clifford

A surreal journey set amidst the red desert landscapes of Utah exploring the worlds we create for ourself, the absurdity of our fears, and what lies on the other side of them. Produced in part by Braided Light Dance Project.

About the Creators

Turnip and Lillywhite is a creative duo made up of Ande Welling and Bekkah Clifford. They strive to create strikingly honest films exploring the inside edges of our emotions. Bekkah is an award-winning multi-media artist, dancer, choreographer and uncontrollable practicer of Contact Improv. Ande is a dance/movement therapist, soulful adventurer, part-time mermaid and full-time truth seeker.

Turnip and Lillywhite lead movement, filmmaking and photography workshops around the world. Currently they hold a weekly Contact class at Ananda Kula Jacksonville Beach, Florida every Thursday and encourage each and every person to try the practice at least once in their life! For more information visit

*Special Event on Friday Night at Main Library Conference Center, 7:00pm

Reception entertainment provided by Turnip and Lillywhite. The piece utilizes contact improv to illustrate the internal worlds we create for ourselves, the absurdity of our fears and what lies on the other side of them. * This work is presented in conjunction with the showing of the short film, How To Sleep on A Ledge, which can be seen in the Film Forward Exhibition Space at the Festival, 6:30pm.



Latiner   (9 mins. USA)

Director: Inés Gowland

Starring: Natalia Ivana Escobar

Malena, a young woman form Argentina comes to New York to work as an actress, but she quickly realizes she is not “latin” enough to play these roles and that she has too much of an accent to play the “white” roles. Malena will decide to compromise her integrity to succeed.

Director Inés Gowland is a 25 year old filmmaker born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied film, particularly Cinematography, and has been working in the independent film community as a DP, AC and Sound Mixer. She also developed as a stand up comedian, performing in Buenos Aires. She is currently enrolled in NYU’s Graduate Film Program. Latiner is her third project, shot in NYC.


Screens Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block E, 4:30-6 pm



Ocean  (12 mins. USA)

Director: Stephanie Maxwell

“Ocean” is a dramatic and powerful choreography of light and motion in the ocean’s ‘swash’ zone, the turbulent area of water that washes in from the sea up on the beach. Filmed in HD in close-up detail on the beaches around Newport, Oregon, sunlight on the moving water and bottom sand reveal the infinitely animated and ever-changing world of visual compositions and events that have a charged, emotive power when presented as distinct variations and themes interwoven with the musical score. The film is lively and sensuous and reveals an extraordinary beauty that is palpable in the most minute and subtle domains along the beach. “Ocean” is an intoxicating experience, where the powerful allure and exquisiteness of the ocean evoke a blissful insight into an undiscovered beauty.

Stephanie Maxwell, is a Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York). Stephanie has created a large body of award-winning film works that are stunningly beautiful and unique. She grew up on the US West Coast and has a background in marine biology and extensive underwater diving. (For more information about Stephanie Maxwell, go to

Screens on Friday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block B, 11:15-12:30pm.


Orison   (6 mins. Canada)

Director: Georgina Harastzi

Black-and-white meditation on the tension between scientific knowledge and religious belief.

A young scientist, man of reason, searches for his childhood feelings, his forgotten ability to believe, when his rabbi father passes away.

Director Gina Haraszti is an award winning filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology. She is based in Montreal, and was born in Budapest, Hungary. She interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture. She holds an MA in intermedia, an MFA in film production and had worked in different media with regard to film, video, new media, gaming and design. Her last short Waning (2011) was nominated for Best Canadian Short at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival.

Screens on Friday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block C, 12:30-1:45pm

Perfection at the Plate  (9 mins. USA)

Director: Andy Gala

A short film about how God’s perfection is achieved by the way we treat others.Two little league baseball teams let a boy with terminal cancer hit a grand slam to boost his confidence. Adapted from a short story.

Screens on Saturday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block B, 12-1:00pm.



Return of the Mask  (4 mins. USA)

Director: Ashton Askarian

Short film by young director. An action and adventure story begins… with the arrival of a mysterious package.

Screening on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-B, 12-2pm.

Save the Cat  (2 mins. USA)

Director: Ashton Askarian

A dark comedy on a summer day for cat and mouse, life is about to change.

Screening on Friday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-B, 11:15-12:30pm.


September Sketch Book  (7 mins. USA)

Director: Ronnie Cramer

This is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

Artist/Musician/Filmmaker Ronnie Cramer has been active in the arts community for over thirty years. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and other venues across the country, his music has achieved airplay on over 150 radio stations nationwide and his critically-acclaimed films have been screened at festivals around the world. He has also been featured as a guest lecturer on art and media at numerous museums and universities.

Screening on Saturday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block 12-2pm



Stray  (17 mins. USA)

Director: Chris Filippone

Young and ambivalent about her impending marriage, Lauren finds herself lost in the countryside. She offers a ride for directions to a stranded older farmer, whose perspective on commitment contrasts with her personal aspirations.

Christian Filippone is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker and graduate of Temple University. He has received MiND TV’s Philadelphia Stories grant along with a Bread and Roses grant for his documentary work. Stray, a fiction work, was created in the aftermath of his time spent abroad. He is currently writing and working on Point Breeze, a documentary about gentrification in Philadelphia.

Director’s Statement

Stray came out of my experience in the aftermath of my long travels abroad. Upon returning to the US, the social pressures of being an adult and settling down slowly began to replace the feeling of spontaneity I once cherished abroad. The film was born of this quiet conflict.

Screens on Friday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block D, 1:45-3pm.



The Adventures of Pelican Pete: A Bird is Born  ( 9 mins. U S A)

Director: Keaton Bicknell

A gentle grandfather reads a bedtime story to his grandchildren about the origin of Pelican Pete, and how he came to be.

About the DirectorL Born in 1997, Keaton Bicknell is an up-and-coming filmmaker from Saint Augustine, Florida. Diagnosed as Autistic at age two, he aims to use his platform as a filmmaker to empower Autistics everywhere and make the case for neurodiversity.

“Lights, camera, action: Young boy seeks to put Pelican Pete on the big screen”




Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block A, 10-12pm.



The Carmel Corn Riot  (20 mins. Taiwan)

Director: Guang Cheng Shie

This city is getting worst and worst when three different personalities encountering in divergent spaces: the junior assistant brutally instructed by the senior cameraman, the real estate agency girl suffered cases of aborted sales, and the abandoned workers are blocking train tracks to resist……

Reflexive look at filmmaking production.

Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-D, 4-6pm


* Adult


The Emotional Dimensions of the James River  (3 mins. USA)

Director: Michelle Marquez

This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience that was musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project that correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of sounds and images with the selective triggering of emotional states. Enlighten yourself by looking at the world from your personal point of view while dreaming inside your curiosity. Michelle Marquez, a fifteen-year-old scientist and artist, conceptualized, produced and directed this short experimental film in collaboration with Patrick Gregory and music of Lincoln Mitchell. She aims to challenge the traditional division and separation between Science and Art. Her three-year journey in research has revealed the deeply rooted biological connection that the human brain forms with complex images, sounds, and music. Her award winning neuroscience research correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of music and/or images with the selective triggering of emotional states. She used her scientific discoveries as a platform to share her dream of finding a place “Where Science Meets Art.” She used drones for aerial photography to capture images with a special camera converted to use Infrared (720 nm). Those images were blended with original music created especially for this film, which was ‘mathematically’ directed by the teenage producer. She is breaking the barrier between Art and Science to create a unique visual and audio experience of time perceptions and emotional dimensions. She invites viewers to ride this emotional roller coaster while dreaming about a place “Where Science Meets Art” at the James River.

ShellyMind: Where Science Meets Art | Michelle Marquez | TEDxYouth@RVA:

Screens on Saturday at Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-A, 10-12pm.


Sad Snowman ( 3 mins. USA)

Director: Pierre Schantz

A heart-warming short for all ages, with no dialogue. This simple story is about a boy who makes a snowman’s dream a reality. A snowman sits on the side of a mountain, watching skiers and snowboarders have fun. The snowman longs to be a part of the action, but it seems hopeless. A passing snowboarder notices the sad snowman and suddenly a simple act of kindness makes the impossible, possible.

The director of this film is 13 years old and this is his first live action film.

Screens on Friday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block A, 10-11:15am.



Tumble Dry Low (7 mins. USA)

Director: Jefferson Stein

A father and his young daughter deal with loss in East Texas.

Named by SHOOT Magazine as one of 32 new directors to watch in its 2015 New Directors Showcase, Jefferson Stein is an award-winning filmmaker from Texas. He has directed work for T.G.I. Fridays, FRAM and Budweiser.

His short film, Tumble Dry Low (2015), has screened in competition in festivals around the world including Seattle International Film Festival, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and won the Gold Remi for Live-Action Short Narrative at the 48th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. It continues its run on the festival circuit this year.

Director’s Statement

This film was an experiment in trying to tell a story by showing what wasn’t happening between father and daughter to explore what was happening inside them and between them. This involved using sound design, staging, framing, and editing to create a physical and emotional space between them that could be felt by the audience. We wanted to explore how family members have different reactions to the loss of a loved one, in this case, the loss of a cornerstone member, the mother. And more importantly, how isolating yourself in a time of mourning affects those around you.

Screening on Saturday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-B, 12-2pm.

Special Screenings and Speakers:


Breaking ground, Holding ground

(60 mins. Canada)

Directors: Clark Johnson and Nika Belianina

There are documentaries… And then there are Mom’umentaries.

The film began with a casual promise made a year or so ago to my Sainted Mother, Suzanne Johnson the co-founder of The MATCH International Women’s Fund

The Promise went a little something like this…

“Hey Ma, I’m going to be in Africa shooting quality TV off and on for the next few months, maybe I should cook up a little doc about MATCH?”

And so, as it often goes with Moms, between directing in African locations for Homeland, Black Sails, and American Odyssey we managed to slip away with ‘borrowed’ gear and learned a hell of a lot about what some women of the world are up to.

So from Cape Town, South Africa – Belize City – The Ghanaian coast – Nairobi, Kenya Tbilisi, Georgia – Ottawa and Toronto Canada, comes a tribute to some of these women.

Screens Friday at the Main Library Conference Center, Film Block FF-D at 2pm



Michael Hausman 

“A Conversation with Michael Hausman” 

Friday, Main Library Conference Center 

8:00 pm  (with film clips)

Michael Hausman has made a career of film production for nearly four decades. The native New Yorker has had a long collaboration with Academy Award-winning director Milos Forman. The duo began their creative association with the director’s Taking Off, for which Mr. Hausman was both production manager and associate producer. They worked together again onHair (for which Mr. Hausman was first assistant director), Ragtime (which Mr. Hausman executive-produced), Amadeus (which Mr. Hausman executive-produced, and which won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Valmont (which Mr. Hausman produced), The People vs. Larry Flynt (which Mr. Hausman produced), and Man on the Moon (which Mr. Hausman executive-produced).

He has teamed with writer/directors Robert Benton and David Mamet three times apiece. For the former, he executive-produced Places in the Heart (which won 2 Academy Awards), Nobody’s Fool, and Twilight. For the latter, he produced House of Games, Things Change, and Homicide. Mr. Hausman’s many films as producer also include Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky; Robert M. Young’s Rich Kids and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez; Richard Pearce’s Heartland, No Mercy, and A Family Thing (the latter two as executive producer); Mike Nichols’ Silkwood; and Eugene Corr’sDesert Bloom.

He has also been executive producer of such notable films as Sydney Pollack’s The Firm, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Steven Zaillian’s All the King’s Men and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. Mr. Hausman worked with Focus Features on Michel Gondry’s Academy Award-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

While continuing his producing career, he is a member of the board of directors of DuArt Laboratories; teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School; and is co-chair of the producing concentration of Cuba’s EICTV (International School of Film and Television).

It is our honor to welcome Michael Hausman to the World Arts Film Festival 2015.




It’s Huge

(67 mins. USA)

Director: Nadia Ramoutar

This documentary follows five Jacksonville area men on their journeys to find freedom from obesity and premature death caused by the disease.

Last month, the American Medical Association generated headlines by defining obesity as a disease, it’s a disease that millions of Americans are battling – the Centers for Disease Control estimates a whopping 69% of Americans are overweight or obese. Their numbers include five Jacksonville men who are the subjects of a compelling new documentary project.

“I put together a team of professionals to help them,” Nadia said. “A nutritionist, doctor, fitness instructor, life coach, even a meditation coach to help them make this journey from obesity to freedom.”

Screening on Friday at Main Library Conference Center, 5:00 pm.

Trailer (link missing)

Panel Discussion following screening with the director and cast. Join us for a reception hosted by The Art Institutes of Jacksonville. 


The Wound and The Gift

(80 mins. France/USA/Japan)

Director: Linda Hoaglund

Storyteller: Vanessa Redgrave

The film explores the major transformation in our relationship with animals through the growing “Rescue” movement. All over the world, people are saving the lives of animals that were bred for profit, abused, or sold on the black market. Millions of us are adopting dogs and cats from shelters, rather than buying pets from breeders and pet stores. Many people devote their lives to providing sanctuaries and shelters for rescued animals. By caring for wounded animals in need, we are learning just how much animals give back to those who care for them.

The narrative spine of the film is an ancient fable about a wounded crane, saved by peasants, that attempts to express her gratitude with a gift. Scenes from the folktale will weave together stunning real life footage of rescued animals and their sanctuaries. As the fable and the film unfold, we cannot help but wonder, Who is saving who?

Screens on Saturday in the Main Theater, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Q&A with Producer, Akie Topal


Program listings are subject to change.


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